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Hometown Heroes (Brad Baloo X DJ Yoda X Edo G)

Hometown Heroes

    Aiming to rescue the airwaves from run-of-the-mill rap and humdrum Hip-Hop, the Hometown Heroes crew swoops into view, bringing together audiovisual evangelist DJ Yoda, soundsystem shocker Brad Baloo of The Nextmen, and legendary rhyme supplier Edo G out of Boston for a funky fix of unashamed dad-hop.

    The holy trinity have dozens of classics under their belts covering Rap’s golden era to the present and ‘Hometown Heroes’ is another gem providing the sort of rewindable Hip-Hop that’s hella breezy, but still packing plenty of bluster beneath the surface.

    TRACK LISTING

    Side A

    1. Advice
    2. The Process
    3. What You Wanna Do
    4. Do You Right
    5. Stand Still
    6. Talk About It

    Side B

    1. Advice Instrumental
    2. The Process Instrumental
    3. What You Wanna Do Instrumental
    4. Do You Right Instrumental
    5. Stand Still Instrumental
    6. Talk About It Instrumental

    DJ Yoda

    Breakfast Of Champions - 2023 Reissue

      New remastered version with alternative cover art. Unlike all DJ Yoda’s artist albums, ‘Breakfast Of Champions’ features the same collaborators on every track effectively putting together a band. The genesis of the project was in Manchester, where the legendary Band On The Wall venue asked him to host an artistic residency. He put a call out for local musicians, did auditions, and selected three rappers. Two were local to Manchester - Truthos Mufasa and Sparkz. They were local legends making up parts of The Mouse Outfit and LVLZ. And the third was Rex Domino from down south, who was a British MC who Yoda thought would gel well with the other guys. They wrote, rehearsed and recorded intensively in Manchester - performed a memorable series of live shows (including an epic Glastonbury show), and Yoda put the finishing touches to the album back in London after the fact. “It was such an enjoyable experience” says Yoda. “Lifelong friendships were made, and most excitingly two of the band members got together (James Breen, drummer, and Claire Northey, violinist) and had two kids! So there are Breakfast of Champions humans out there too!” This new pressing features alternative artwork that was never used at the time of the album’s original release. 

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 And To The World
      A2 Day To Night
      A3 Pebble Beach
      A4 Click
      A5 2468
      B1 Super Cereal Syrup
      B2 The Baddest
      B3 Mantra
      B4 Better Day
      B5 Open Your Eye

      Skinshape

      Craterellus Tubaeformis

        For fans of Khruangbin, El Michels Affair, Madlib and Bonobo. Features the singles ‘It’s Real, ‘Amnesia’, and ‘The Ocean’. Will Dorey aka Skinshape has proven himself time and again a connoisseur for the cosmopolitan, across a prolific career expertly exploring understated sounds and theatrical textures. Taking his place alongside the likes of Khruangbin, Tame Impala, Bonobo and Madlib, Skinshape’s global kaleidoscopes are loaded with warmth and wisdom created on vintage analogue equipment applying a perfectionist’s touch.

        As a former member of indie band Palace, he has played everywhere from Glastonbury and BBC Maida Vale to headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Speaking on his latest record Craterellus Tubaeformis, Dorey remarks, "As I continue to make albums, I always try to capture some elements of the original Skinshape style. Here I ran through albums 1-3. This record is really an echo of the "Life & Love" era of Skinshape, playful psychedelia, with punchy beats, fun surprises, and an attempt at meaningful lyrics." Named after a very specific genus of edible mushroom, Craterellus Tubaeformis shares all the attributes of its nutritious counterpart due to how difficult both are to cultivate. Skinshape’s music is the product of a highly devoted and meticulous composer who uses some of the rarest analogue equipment out there. The product is such a definitive sound heard nowhere else but so easily identified as Skinshape. 

        TRACK LISTING

        A1 The Pool Of Dee
        A2 It's Real
        A3 The Ocean
        A4 The Longest Shadow
        A5 Care About Me
        A6 Nobody Knows
        A7 Quiet
        B1 Amnesia
        B2 Zanzibar
        B3 Ganymede
        B4 The Lady
        B5 Peace Piece
        B6 Country Woman

        DJ Yoda

        Home Cooking (Deluxe)

          Remastered version of ‘Home Cooking’, the album that cemented Yoda as a versatile producer and not just a deejay. It now serves as a snapshot of the jazz and soul scene at the time with artists like Nubya Garcia, Eva Lazarus and Theon Cross going on to break out. Recorded between his own studio and the world-famous Abbey Road, ‘Home Cooking’ keeps one foot in the Hip-Hop old school with collaborations and the return from Jungle Brothers and Boston bastion Edo. G. Two key singles have been remixed for a bonus 7”. ‘Roxbury’ featuring Nubya Garcia and Edo. G has been given the golden treatment by the legendary Double Dee & Steinski while ‘London Fields’ featuring Joel Culpepper is reworked by label mates The Still Brothers. 

          TRACK LISTING

          London Fields Feat. Joel Culpepper
          Thornton Heath Feat. Omar
          Rising Brook Feat. Eva Lazarus
          Kingswood Feat. Andrew Ashong
          Abbey Road Feat. Nubya Garcia Theon Cross & Henry Wu
          Roxbury Feat. Edo G & Nubya Garcia
          Soweto Feat. Scarface Manolo
          Hither Green Feat. Joel Culpepper & Baby Bam
          Afrika Feat. Jungle Brothers
          Croxley Green
          Eastville Feat. Eva Lazarus
          Boundary Gardens Feat. Andrew Ashong….
          Roxbury Double Dee & Steinski Remix
          London Fields Still Brothers Remix

          The Still Brothers

          The Still Brothers EP

            For fans of Khraungbin, El Michels Affair, Skinshape, The Shacks. Features the singles ‘Wake Up’, ‘The Deep’, ‘I Wanna Be With You’ and ‘It’s Not Over’. Supported Big Crown’s Surprise Chef on their 2023 UK Tour. Brooklyn duo The Still Brothers is a musical project of childhood friends Evan Heinze (The Shacks/Big Crown) and Andrew LeCoche (Ula Ruth). Heinze has toured with the likes of Khraungbin, Lee Fields and Cut Chemist, while LeCoche’s old band once opened for Paul Simon and Edie Brickell. A former student of Madlib’s uncle Jon Faddis, LeCoche has scored music for Netflix and Patagonia and sound design for Twitter, Patron, and Marvel. Signing to Lewis Recordings in 2020 the band’s first single ‘The Deep’ was instantly picked up by Steve Lamacq on BBC 6 Music who regularly plays it to this day. ‘Wake Up’ featuring the vocals of Marina B. spent six weeks on the BBC 6 Music playlist gaining support from Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Mary Anne Hobbs, Craig Charles, Huey Morgan, Cerys Matthews, Don Letts, Tom Ravenscroft and Guy Garvey. Lockdown didn’t slow down the band’s creativity with many tracks on their self-titled debut EP recorded remotely. 

            TRACK LISTING

            Intro
            I Wanna Be With You
            Sungalz
            Rest Easy
            Easy, Easy
            Wake Up
            When Will I See U?
            It’s Not Over
            Ah Ha
            The Deep

            DJ Yoda

            Prom Nite

              Dressed in a powder blue suit with the frilly shirt to match, DJ Yoda invites you to be his +1 for ‘Prom Nite’, his new album promising retro Americana full of daydreaming reverie, international megastar guests, trip hop acknowledging the likes of Morcheeba and Nightmares on Wax, and the turntable extraordinaire’s bread and butter of cuts, beats and rhymes.

              Certainly no stranger to retro sounds having famously peppered his DJ and AV sets with the unexpected the world over, and his ‘How to Cut n Paste’ mix series going all the way back to the 30s, Yoda’s harp-laden puppy love vibe spreads from the sweet and mellow sound of 2019’s ‘Home Cooking’, an album described as ‘boundary-breaking’ by Mojo upon slotting nicely into the UK’s blooming jazz canon. Think deliciously harmonised doo-wop murmuring ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’ with an eye for dreamboats en route to Makeout Point – on ‘My Energy’, Eva Lazarus takes the form of an earth angel, with Yoda on jukebox cut-ups, taking it back to starry-eyed, clean cut days of wonder (or more recently, Little Mix’s ‘Love Me Like You’).

              Beginning enigmatically with the assistance of Hollywood A-lister (and former next-door neighbour) Lily James, ‘Breathe’ demonstrate Yoda’s continued evolution as a musician (not to mention shrewd decision maker), with James’ vocal confidence - a little Lana del Rey to her breathiness - returning on the velvet-smooth ‘Airplane Mode’. It’s a smartly executed soundclash accentuated by LA rapper Choosey, the star of the album’s straightest hip-hop shooter ‘Harder I Rock’. Homeboy Sandman adds some kick to the prom punch with typical wordplay sent down ‘Coconut Grove’, and Liam Bailey is perfectly cast for the darkly cinematic sway of ‘Don’t Even Try It’.

              On an album of many talking points, the LP’s crowning glory is opening single ‘Feel Like Home’: featuring the vocal comforts of the House Gospel Choir, it’s your go–to pick-me-up when the chips are down, targeting the hairs on the backs of necks like a softer focus version of Jamie xx’s ‘Loud Places’. Extended into an alternative, equally uplifting form by Beardyman’s ‘Don’t Mean Thing’, summer festival season already has its homecoming anthem.

              With tongues wagging, the twists and turns step away from Heartbreak Ridge when O Love tucks into the mouthwatering shopping list funk of ‘Way Home’; and ‘Lesson 1956’, featuring Jamie Cullum and DJ Woody, jauntily pays homage to classic Cut Chemist alchemy, Yoda’s celebrated turntable tomfoolery back in full effect and extending the flavours found in ‘Home Cooking’.

              Again maximising the experience and enjoyment gained from recording live instruments and prioritising songs over beats, Yoda continues to progress with a mixture of risk-taking, elite musicianship, nostalgia brought bang up to date, and ultimately, good clean fun capable of stirring your soul, making ‘Prom Nite’ a date to remember.



              TRACK LISTING

              1. Breathe (feat. Lily James)
              2. Coconut Grove (feat. Homeboy Sandman)
              3. Don't Even Try It (feat. Liam Bailey)
              4. Lesson 1956 (feat. Jamie Cullum & DJ Woody)
              5. My Energy (feat. Eva Lazarus)
              6. Feel Like Home (feat. The House Gospel Choir)
              7. Airplane Mode (feat. Lily James & Choosey)
              8. Harder I Rock (feat. Choosey)
              9. Way Home (feat. O. Love)
              10. Don’t Mean A Thing (feat. Beardyman)

              For fans of Khruangbin, El Michels Affair, Tame Impala and Bonobo. “I spent a while thinking about the title for this album; it was quite hard to pin down the feeling I felt it represented. At a certain point I realized it was nostalgia, for everything; our life passed by, childhood, moments of happiness and sadness, where we grew up”. – Skinshape.

              Will Dorey aka Skinshape has proven himself time and again as a connoisseur for the cosmopolitan, across a prolific career expertly exploring understated sounds and theatrical textures. Taking his place alongside the likes of Khruangbin, Tame Impala, Bonobo and Madlib, Skinshape’s global kaleidoscopes are loaded with warmth and wisdom created on vintage analogue equipment applying a perfectionist’s touch. As a former member of indie band Palace, he has played everywhere from Glastonbury and BBC Maida Vale to headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Conversely as a solo artist Skinshape has never played live preferring to record, releasing an album a year (two in 2020’s lockdown) and keeping away from the trappings of stardom.

              Full of gilded guitars, tantalizing Rhodes, languid strings and chords that fill the soul with joy - "Nostalgia" is the perfect accompaniment for road trips through the countryside and afternoon languishing by the riverside. Recommended! 


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: A beautifully vibrant, relaxed, and heart warming album that sits alongside it's current contemporaries in fine style. Every group of friends’ve got someone who can make baggy pants and a floral shirt look good, and this album is that person!

              TRACK LISTING

              1. Theme For Lazarus
              2. Better Chances
              3. Dreams Of Panama
              4. Moonlight Walk
              5. Albion
              6. High Tide, Storm Rising
              7. Turn Away
              8. Bohanon's Cornucopia
              9. Bad Dreams
              10. Fish & Chips
              11. Dawn

              DJ Yoda Feat Joel Culpepper

              London Fields

              R&B Star joins Yoda for a London anthem. Smooth jazzy R&B sounds combine Yoda’s lush prodection with Joel Culpepper sublime vocals. Culpepper has collaborated with the likes of Swindle and supported Stevie Wonder and Lalah Hathaway to name but two.

              TRACK LISTING

              A. London Fields
              B. London Fields Instrumental

              Taken from the ‘Home Cooking’ album. The name DJ Yoda needs no introduction and joined with rising UK Jazz star Nubya Garcia and legendary emcee Edo. G, ‘Roxbury’ is a sublime mix of Rap, Jazz and Soul. Perfect summer vibes! Recorded between DJ Yoda’s studio and the acclaimed Abbey Road, the record is influenced by Guru’s ‘Jazzmatazz’.

              TRACK LISTING

              A. Roxbury Ft Nubya Garcia And Edo. G
              B. Roxbury Instrumental

              Skinshape

              Skinshape

                Originally released in 2014 and available for the first time on CD. CD only bonus tracks ‘Surf Rider’ and ‘Rainy Dub’ Written, recorded, mixed and produced by Will Dorey, Skinshape’s self-titled debut album showcases the talents of the then 23 year old. Recorded in bedrooms, lounges and ‘The Arch’ studio in North London the trademark ‘Skinshape’ sound was already starting to emerge. Everything from psychedelia and rock to indie and dub is explored. A stunning debut for a now much loved artist.

                TRACK LISTING

                1 Live By The Day
                2 The Place Upstream
                3 Heartache
                4 Shangri-La
                5 Sunday Morning (feat. Aaron Taylor)
                6 You Don’t Love Me
                7 Stabo (feat. Anina)
                8 Bonus Breaks
                9 Rainy Dub (CD Only Bonus Track)
                10 Surf Rider (CD Only Bonus Track)

                Skinshape

                I Didn’t Know (Extended) / I Didn’t Know (Dub)

                  With over 15000,000 (yes, fifteen million!) plays on YouTube and over 2,000,000 on Spotify we thought it was only fair that Skinshape’s most popular song was released on glorious vinyl. The track is already on the ‘Filoxiny’ album so Skinshape extended the mix and backed it with a dub version for the flip. Skinshape is the project of British musician William Dorey. The sound has roots in many genres but in particular 1960s Funk, Soul, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock, Afrobeat and Folk.

                  Aside from the Skinshape project Dorey was bassist for the band Palace from 2014-2017 and also runs a reggae label called Horus Records based in North London. About I Didn’t Know from Dorey himself: “This is the most 'pop' song I've possibly ever made, and possibly the most 'modern' sounding. It is about being in a difficult relationship and not knowing how to deal with it and making mistakes as a result. I wrote and recorded most of the song around the drum pattern, and created some (terrible sounding) digital orchestral parts temporarily whilst I created the body of the song. I recorded the strings and horns in the last part of the recording process before doing the final mixes. The horns were recorded separately with the help of my long-time friend (since school) and master arranger Jon Moody (of the group Franc Moody).”

                  The many monikered, multifaceted genre smasher Leron Thomas, nowadays better known as Bill Callahan-sounding outsidere MC Pan Amsterdam, switches into his OG jazz mode with the scattershot mastery of 'More Elevator Music'. Taking the first three tracks as a sample of the wanton eclecticism of the LP, Leron opens with a meditative modern jazz piece, then fuzzes out with Iggy Pop for a avant jazz punk snarler, before aping naive house on the electronic oddball "People Are Watching". Wildly creative and insanely catchy tackle from this perennial boundary pusher.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Side A:

                  1. Conference Room
                  2. In The City (Feat. Iggy Pop)
                  3. People Are Watching
                  4. IFeel
                  5. Fox Wit
                  6. Audacious Pigeons

                  Side B

                  1. Veins
                  2. IDo
                  3.. Blind
                  4. Endicott
                  5. Corporate
                  6. Field Trip

                  Skinshape

                  Umoja

                    Fifth studio album featuring Malcolm Catto, D'Alma, Idd Aziz and Modou Touré. Includes the singles Sua Alma, In The End and Afande. His most accomplished album to date Will Dorey aka Skinshape moved out of his comfort zone to create a new sound while retaining his trademark feel. While Skinshape has often been influenced by African music ‘Umoja’ directly incorporates styles and rhythms from the continent. Drawing on London’s vast talent pool from across the globe collaborators bring the essence of Senegal, Portugal, Ghana and Kenya via Norway no name but a few.

                    The initial plan was to travel to various African nations to record ‘Umoja’. This proved to be an unnecessary step because Skinshape's hometown of London ended up bearing many fruits. It was a challenging project for Dorey taking a year and a half of dedicated work to complete with many ideas left unfinished along the way. The album has a very global feel which was enhanced at the end of the process by a collaboration with Japanese painter Ken-ichi Omura. Fans of Skinshape’s distinctive voice will not be disappointed as he features on ‘In The End’ and ‘Sun’. Long-time friend and collaborator Jon Moody (from the band Franc Moody) wrote the album’s horn parts. 

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side 1
                    1 Sua Alma (feat. D'Alma)
                    2 In The End
                    3 Afande (feat. Idd Aziz)
                    4 Kourou (feat. Modou Touré)
                    5 Azon De Ma Gnin..

                    Side 2
                    6 Amigos E Inimigos (feat. D'Alma)
                    7 Sunny Day
                    8 Sudan (feat. Idd Aziz)
                    9 Dourlé (feat. Modou Touré)
                    10 Lehin Ti Aye Ba Iku

                    Skinshape

                    Filoxiny

                      Skinshape is the project of British musician, William Dorey. The sound has roots in many genres, but in particular 1960s-70s Funk, Soul, Reggae, Psychedelic Rock, Afrobeat and Folk. Skinshape grew out of a love for old music and the way it sounded. Initially Dorey experimented with samples (especially drum breaks) to create instrumental hip-hop/trip-hop tracks, but then later started to play around with tape machines as a means to create his own 'samples'. This process gave birth to Skinshape, with all elements being recorded by Dorey since the first self-titled album, released in 2014. He released his second album Oracolo in 2015, and in 2017 he released his third album 'Life & Love.' Aside from the Skinshape project, Dorey was bassist for the band Palace from 2014-2017, and also runs a reggae label called Horus Records, based in North London. 

                      TRACK LISTING

                      1. After Midnight
                      2. I Didn't Know
                      3. Metanoia
                      4. Shimmer 
                      5. Breathe
                      6. Life As One
                      7. We Lose
                      8. Filoxiny


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